A byword for compassion, "Sudani From Nigeria" is a tender film that refreshes several dried up human emotions. As it explores human relationships in different levels, it's astounding to notice the universal appeal of it. It's also a richly humane and moving portrayal of family relationships, including motherhood, which is pretty impressive. The film's emotional centre is the relationship between Majeed and Samuel Robinson, a football player from Nigeria.
The simplicity and natural settings created by director Zakariya in his debut movie are fabulous. The director's brilliance lies in his accuracy of delineating a simple story with apt intensity and attention. This quality negates the necessity of a grave conflict in the plot. Zakariya is prolific in his treatment albeit he never hinges on the methodological aspects while narrating a story in the premise of sports.
The powerful performances of two newcomers-- Sarasa Balussery as Beeyumma and Savithri Sreedharan as Jameela-cannot be ignored as they are outstanding in showcasing the nuances of motherhood. Majeed (Soubin Shahir), who is the manager of a sevens football team, keeps a sulky demeanour towards his mother Jameela due to her second marriage with another man (KTC Abdulla) after her husband's death.
When Samuel Robinson, a player in his team, sustains injury and stays in Majeed's house, the real issue crops up. Here Jameela gets an opportunity to look after a young man like her son. She finds joy in it though she also wishes for nursing her own son.
Soubin Shahir carries the dilemma and pangs of the character in his convincing performance. As the manager of his football team, he is not greedy for money but loves the game sincerely. Even in crisis, the fan in him is not ready to leave football. Meanwhile, Samuel Robinson grabs the attention he deserves in the pivotal role. Scripted by Muhsin Parari and Zakariya, the refreshing tale set in Malabar leaves you in amazement in many places.
This delicate tale unexpectedly turns out to be a heart-warming drama that sparkles for good reason. The brimming feel-good emotion that this film exudes is its real essence as it gently reminds us of the power of compassion and harmony. The sublime performances by actors add charm to this smartly executed movie.